Linda Upmeyer
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Linda Upmeyer  |  Iowa Speaker of the House

Speaker Linda Upmeyer was first elected to the Iowa House in 2002 and is serving her eighth term.

Linda was born on July 23, 1952, in Mason City. Her father, Del Stromer, was a farmer and a former Speaker of the Iowa House.  Her mother, Harriet, is a homemaker and was longtime aide to Del.  Linda has one brother, David, a farmer in Garner, and a sister, Pam, in Dublin, Ohio.

Upmeyer grew up in Garner on the family farm, graduating from Garner High School in 1970. She attended North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) and the University of Iowa, receiving her BSN. She also received her Master’s in Nursing from Drake University (Summa Cum Laude).  She is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner.

Linda married her husband, Doug, in 1970. Together they have five children: Sara, Chad, Matt, Blake, and Tyler. Linda and Doug have four grandsons, Colin, Carter, Cooper, and Nolan and one granddaughter, Claire.

Linda is a member of the Farm Bureau, the Iowa/American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa and the Clear Lake Art Center. She is a former trustee for North Iowa Area Community College and a former board member of both the National and Iowa Association of Community College Trustees.